A sketch-planning evaluation of an employer-based subsidized transit pass program for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is described. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine if the project could produce substantial transit ridership increases, which could in turn lead to a reduction in automobile hydrocarbon emissions and justify the inclusion of the project in the state implementation plan. Constraints in data availability required that a coarse back-of-the-envelope analysis be performed by using limited empirical information from other cities. The results of this study indicated that a small ridership increase would occur along with an increase in SEPTA revenue, but that questions about the feasibility of implementing the proposed program made it unworkable. The methodology used in the evaluation, however, highlights the usefulness of planning techniques in preliminary program evaluation. The methodology also mades apparent the value of data from outside sources, particularly the extensive data available from projects in the UMTA Service and Management Demonstration program.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 45-51
  • Monograph Title: Transit management and services
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309036682
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 821
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM